What John Brown was to anti-slavery, Bill Baird was and is to reproductive rights, including the right to purchase contraceptives (!)--still illegal in Massachusetts (and elsewhere) in the 1960s. Seeing a woman die from an attempted coat-hanger abortion changed his life. He survived assassination attempts, 8 criminal convictions, prison brutality, the firebombing of his abortion clinic (the nation's first), the breakup of his family, and the absence of any help from NOW, ACLU, & other potential allies. One of his 3 Supreme Court cases, Eisenstadt v. Baird, was cited 6 times in the Roe v. Wade decision.
A scary and stunning story, well-told by Baird himself. Excerpted from a panel discussion at the University of Hartford, February 16, 2010.
This is a rebroadcast of New World Notes #110 (April 13, 2010)
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